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The List of Seven (The List of Seven #1)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  2,442 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
On Christmas Day 1884, a desperate plea from a mysterious woman leads Arthur Conan Doyle—struggling physician, aspiring writer, and part-time demystifier of the occult—to a seance in London’s East End and into a fiendish and deadly trap. Stunned by a shocking display of black magic, Doyle witnesses a murder, nearly falling victim himself before being rescued by a secretive ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Avon (first published January 1st 1993)
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Dan Schwent
Mar 13, 2014 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor and aspiring author, witnesses black magic and murder at a seance. Soon, he finds himself on the run with Jack Sparks dragging him along. But is Jack Sparks an agent of the crown or an escaped mental patient? And why does a mysterious group want Doyle dead? And who are the people on the List of Seven?

A friend of mine started bugging me to read this in 2004. A decade later, I finally gave in.

The List of Seven is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by one of the co-creato
Oct 24, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it
This is sorta like a very successful "Da Vinci Code"/"The Mummy" hybrid. The references to Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, even Jack the Ripper makes this the only book in recent memory to thrill and amaze without making you feel like you should know more literary crap you could possibly know what to do with.

This one goes crazy in the most fertile world of Edwardian (the VD'd prince's) London where reality walks hand in hand with the monstrous creations of masterful minds! I read this at an un
mark monday
a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure!

a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle!

a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions!

a breathless and action-packed steampunk advent
Mar 21, 2008 William rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes fans, horror fans, Victoriana fans
Shelves: horror-fiction
Mark Frost is best known as the writer on Twin Peaks, and he brings a similarly twisted vision to this wonderful novel set in a slightly skewed Victorian England.

The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, still a doctor, and with no inkling of his creation of the worlds greatest detective.

That's before he gets involved with a secret service agent with amazing deductive skills, a penchant for morphine, and a twisted, brilliant older brother.

This may sound like a Holmes pastiche, but Frost's imaginati
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
1. Plot/Story -

Okay, the plot…well, that’s a tough question because I am not sure if what makes this book so interesting is considered “Plot” or “World Building.” On the possibility that it’s both, I’ll give some thoughts here, and some thoughts there.

To me this seemed a lot like the English version of the intense cowboy Secret Service Agent, James West, played by Robert Conrad with all the flare and pomposity of a Roger Moore James Bond or maybe a William Shatner styled Captain Kirk. Hey, no
Commodore Tiberius Q. Handsome
Mar 05, 2009 Commodore Tiberius Q. Handsome rated it really liked it
For fans of both The Somnambulist and The Anubis Gates (and how could you like one and not the other?) along with fans of dark fantasy, steampunk, New Weird, victorian fantasy and adventure fiction in general I recommend The List of 7 wholeheartedly. The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, long before he wrote Sherlock Holmes and was knighted. He becomes ensnared in a web of intrigue involving amassing evil forces, dark magic, criminal masterminds, seances and spiritualists, deductive reasoning, ...more
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Jason Pettus
Apr 20, 2010 Jason Pettus rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

I recently had occasion to think again about the exquisitely strange 1990s television show Twin Peaks, co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost; and that got me thinking again about Frost's two genre novels from that time period as well, 1993's The List of 7 and '95's The 6 Messiahs, the first of which I
Nov 05, 2013 Polstar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's not often you stumble upon a book that totally sucks you in and ticks all of the right buttons straight away. The List of 7 did that for me.

Sherlock Holmes - TICK
Occult themes - TICK
Victorian setting - TICK
Jack the Ripper - TICK
Egyptology - TICK
Spiritualism - TICK
Zombies, vampires and other monsters - TICK

It felt that this book was written for me - I'm such a selfish reader.

The basic premise is that Arthur Conan Doyle's life is threatened following attendance at a seance; invited by a woman
Mar 14, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it
This is one of those books I read with more than a little trepidation- the mixture of real life characters and fictional ones always sits a little uncomfortably with me. Its almost as if the author - worrying that for what ever reason (worry that it will not be accepted or even looked at) try and grab attention and interest the throw famous names in to it. As if randomly shouting famous peoples names will suddenly get people to pay attention. Then there is the possibility that by using a famous ...more
Jul 08, 2007 Oceana2602 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans, slashers, Sherlock Holmes Fans
This book was recommended to me by Amazon, which is no surprise (though I am a bit scared about how well they know me). The author, Mark Frost, is one of the creators of Twin Peaks. The main character of this book is Arthus Conan Doyle, he of Sherlock Holmes fame, but long before he was published.

In the cold and foggy London of 1884, Doyle participates in a seance, and suddenly find himself involved in murder and satanism, on the run with the mysterious James Spark, a secret agent of Queen Vict
Ju lit les Mots
Jul 15, 2016 Ju lit les Mots rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
J’ai repéré ce bouquin, sur le blog de Collectif Polar qui en parle tellement bien que j’ai immédiatement eu envie de le lire et comme Stelphique en avait envie et que chez le Cannibal lecteur le bouquin prenait la poussière, j’ai émis une drôle d’idée !

A force de voir le plaisir (haha) livresque qu’elles prenaient à faire leur lecture commune, je me suis dis que moi aussi j’avais envie de goûter à ce plaisir !

********* Avis *********

Malgré un début prometteur, au bout de 60 pages j’ai vraiment
Aug 04, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
This was a very unusual book, which shouldn't be terribly surprising, since the author, Mark Frost is a co-creator of the TV series Twin Peaks.

I definitely enjoyed the book, but it is difficult to do it proper justice in a review without giving away too much of the story. I will do my best.

Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor and aspiring author, and occult de-bunker, receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve from a woman begging him to come to a seance and help her. When he does, he witnesses a horri
Mar 20, 2015 Dane rated it it was amazing
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Montse Gallardo
Jan 19, 2015 Montse Gallardo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Un libro entretenido, más de aventuras que de novela negra, que se lee rápido y te hace pasar un buen rato.

Tiene de elemento curioso que esté protagonizado por un joven Arthur Conan Doyle, que aún no ha comenzado a escribir sus novelas de Sherlock Holmes, pero en el libro aparecen hechos que podemos reconocer que son de las novelas de Holmes, haciendo Frost un guiño al lector, "mostrando" las fuentes de inspiración de Doyle, que no es el único escritor que aparece... Bram Sotcker también tiene s
Jan 30, 2013 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this when it was one of the Kindle Daily Deals and now I wish I hadn't spent even 99p on such a waste of a book. Once you realise this is simply just another diet Sherlock Holmes novel with a few names changed around, any enjoyment that could be derived from it simply vanishes. Frost could have at least tried to go with some originality but fails dismally. The writing style itself may be solid but that is the only redeeming feature of this book.

The plotline, whilst in keeping with Holme
Jan 24, 2009 Ray rated it really liked it
A fun, fast-paced read combining adventure with elements of horror. The plot careens along like a boulder hurtling down a hill, bouncing this way and that but always keeping the reader's attention. In it, a young Arthur Conan Doyle encounters Jack Sparks, (who eventually becomes Doyle's inspiration for Sherlock Holmes), and together with Spark's trusted comrades, they battle a gang of evil-doers bent on world domination, led by Spark's brother, Alexander. (Suffice it to say, the Sparks family ...more
Jul 12, 2011 Deliah rated it really liked it
When I heard Mark Frost was writing a book, I jumped on board with two feet. I adored Twin Peaks back in the day and was curious to see how such a visionary of the small screen could bring that vision to the literary world.
Quite well, actually. It's very convoluted at times, with many characters and sometimes not enough background (or character information to draw you in) but I applauded the way that he made something out of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm fairly certain that they author would be fl
Aug 17, 2009 Jeanene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books.

I have a fondness for historical figures as characters in books with supernatural or other fantastical elements. This one features Arthur Conan Doyle, there's also a secret underground steam train and a Victorian era James Bond. Not to mention spooky supernatural stuff.

These are all good in my book.

Very enjoyable if not particularly well written. It would get five stars if the last few chapters hadn't been such a poorly edited mess (technique-wise) leaves a bad taste in
Jul 09, 2009 Misha rated it really liked it
This is part of that particular offshoot of Holmes pastiches that uses not the Great Detective himself, but his author, Arthur Conan Doyle. This tale penned by Twin Peaks scribe Mark Frost thrusts a young Conan Doyle into an occult mystery leading to the rise of a dark power, the identity of which provides a bit of a twist at the end. Conan Doyle serves as a sort of Watson figure to a Holmes stand-in who works as a secret agent for the British government. I found it a crackling yarn that tickled ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Craig rated it it was amazing
A playful, inventive and beautifully crafted piece of writing. Mark Frost is a master storyteller and this visit to the foggy world of a sinister Victorian London, in the company of Arthur Conan Doyle, is a real joy. I highly commend this book and I'm delighted to learn that Mr Frost has written a sequel. Five stars!
Carey Combe
Mar 26, 2014 Carey Combe rated it did not like it
When I found myself skipping bits in the first chapter, I soon realised that this was just not the book for me...
Dec 14, 2008 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I loved this fast paced Victorian thriller. A story of AC Doyle and his adventures with the man who would later be the model for his Holmes adventures.
Artemis Slipknot
Jun 23, 2015 Artemis Slipknot rated it really liked it
Sean Kennedy
Aug 07, 2016 Sean Kennedy rated it it was amazing
This is one of my top 5 all-time favorite books.
Jul 04, 2015 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, The List of Seven is an occult tale which takes historical fact and bends it to a distinctly gung-ho, eh-what end. It's a Victorian tale peopled with notable figures from the time, but shot through with the sort of supreme radio-serial ridiculousness that lends the Indiana Jones series of movies their verve.

Arthur Conan Doyle himself is the major figure of the story, though he's not the only notable personage who makes an appearance. Royalty and show
The Cannibal
Jul 22, 2016 The Cannibal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
La liste des sept
15 juillet 2016
La liste des sept de Mark Frost

Livres 1.00/5

Je ne suis pas opposée au fait que l'on réécrive le canon holmésien dans un roman et que l'on change des points importants comme la personne qui inspira le personnage de Sherlock Holmes.

Ma foi, on peut violer le canon holmésien si c'est pour lui faire de beaux enfants (citation de Dumas mise à la sauce adéquate).

Hors, ici, j'ai l'impression que le canon holmésien s'est fait monter dessus par le Da Vinci Code, Harry Po
¿Qué ocurriría si un médico e un investigador de los paranormal, que se encuentra en la busqueda de la verdad que intenta conciliar la espiritualidad y la realidad? ¿Qué consecuencias tendría en tu vida, siendo un escritor novel, descubrir que tu último manuscrito tiene un trasfondo de realidad? ¿Y finalmente como te cambiaria la vida saber que tu vida peligra por esto? ¿Y Finalmente que te encuentras un hombre que es muy similar a ti encuento a su poder de observación, deducción y que puede ...more
Juan Bosco
Jul 28, 2013 Juan Bosco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Un joven Arthur Conan Doyle que en sus ratos libres se dedica se ve involucrado en una conspiración siniestra cuando asiste a una sesión de espiritismo que termina con muertos por todos lados. Por suerte, Doyle cuenta con la ayuda de Jack "no puedo creer que no es Sherlock Holmes" Sparks (lo que lo convierte en el Dr. Watson de esta historia) para llegar al fondo de una intriga que amenaza con liberar fuerzas diabólicas que pondrían en peligro al imperio británico. Y al resto del mundo. Quizás.

May 27, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
I found this to be a very interesting and intriguing read, but not wishing to give away too much I will limit this review - on Christmas Day 1884, a young Arthur Conan Doyle receives a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a seance in London. Stunned by a display of black magic, Doyle witnesses a murder, and nearly falling victim himself before being rescued by Jack Sparks, a man who claims to be special agent to Queen Victoria. He tells Doyle that he has been targeted by a coven of Satanists ...more
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